New outdoor learning centre at The Grange

We are delighted to have been selected by The Grange Centre for People with Disabilities to design their new outdoor learning facilities at Bookham, Surrey. We look forward to working closely with the staff and people they support to co-design new spaces for a range of horticulture, creative arts and community uses.

Princes Quay Bridge construction advances

Site assembly of the prefabricated steelwork for the new pedestrian/cycle bridge is now well-advanced on vacant land beside the A63 in the centre of Hull. The bridge structure will shortly be wheeled into its final position, spanning over the highway, before the landscaped approaches and public realm works are completed.

Waltham Forest Mayor opens Linear Park Plot Lines

Cllr Robbins, Mayor of Waltham Forest officially opened the new Linear Park designed and delivered by Matter and artist Lucy Harrison on the 27th July. Peggy and Bert Webster, who lived on the street for decades before the houses were demolished cut the cake and local residents enjoyed herb-flavoured food and drinks.

Ealing older people’s housing

Following a successful funding application to the GLA supported by Matter, Ealing Council have now appointed us to develop a strategy for redeveloping outdated housing sites across the Borough. Nine pilot sites will form a first phase with a broader mix of provision and better service delivery through innovative design.

Clapham Park placemaking strategy

15 years after Director Roland Karthaus worked on the original masterplan for 3,500 homes, Matter have now been appointed to develop a placemaking strategy for Clapham Park in southwest London by Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing. The first phase, including public art and wayfinding will be implemented in 2020.

GLA funding for Linear Park Plot Lines

Matter have been awarded a GLA Greener City Fund grant to expand community engagement in our project for Linear Park in Leytonstone with artist Lucy Harrison. Working with community gardener Carole Wright, residents will be supported to cultivate spaces within the new landscape, which will be planted during 2019. GCF website here

A417 ‘Missing Link’ project for Highways England

Matter have been appointed to join Mott MacDonald Sweco’s team as bridge architect for a green bridge and various other bridges which will be required to allow walkers, cyclist, riders, wildlife and vehicles to cross the proposed improved section of highway in the highly sensitive Cotswolds AONB.

Walthamstow High Street strategy

Walthamstow is a thriving town centre, at the heart of London’s first Borough of Culture and home to Europe’s longest street market.  A team led by Matter have been chosen by Waltham Forest Council to deliver a strategy and pilot public realm projects for strengthening and enhancing the High Street and town centre.

Epping, Harlow and Gilston Town Quality Review Panels

Harlow and Gilston Garden Town is a partnership of five District and County Councils delivering 16,000 new homes by 2033. Roland Karthaus joins the Quality Review panels for the Garden Town as well as Epping Forest District Council, launched this week. The panel will ensure the Garden City principles are embedded in new development.

Roland Karthaus and Lily Bernheimer on collaborative design for wellbeing

Matter Director Roland Karthaus and environmental psychologist Lily Bernheimer discuss their collaboration for the Wellbeing in Prison Design project in Architecture Today (February 2018). They propose that interdisciplinary working is key to providing for people’s health and wellbeing in the built environment.  Read the article here

Matter and Lucy Harrison win competition for new public landscape project in Leyton

Our winning scheme for Linear Park in Leyton is part of Making Places, an initiative funded by Waltham Forest Council to deliver creative projects across the borough.  Plot Lines traces the previous housing on the site in strips of lavender, with historic stories inscribed on plaques amongst meadow grasses and flowers. Full details here

Major step forward in the regeneration of Catford

Over the past year, Matter has been supporting Lewisham Council in planning the regeneration of Catford.  In July, the Mayor and Cabinet approved proposals to reconfigure the South Circular Road, which will radically transform the town centre environment.  We are continuing to explore the future of Catford with the Council. Details here

Playing the Bridge

Workshops on 25/26 February explored the sounds and engineering of Scale Lane Bridge in preparation for 26 March performance and audio-visual installation in April organised by composer Nye Parry, artist Madi Boyd and Matter. Participants included students from York and Hull universities, Hull Community Gamelan and City of Culture Volunteers. Event information can be found here: